The Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) honored two KCI projects at their 2021 conference, which was held virtually in February. The I-95 at Belvidere Road Interchange Planning Study was recognized with a Planning Award and the I-270 at Watkins Mill Road Interchange received a Partnering Award in the Projects Over $10 Million category, as well as the MDOT SHA Award.
I-95 at Belvidere Road Interchange Planning Study
The purpose of this study was to identify potential improvements to facilitate safer travel and traffic flow along I-95, Belvidere Road and other nearby transportation facilities in western Cecil County. These improvements were intended to support existing and planned development in and around a nearby business park and aimed to improve tractor-trailer access to I-95 while decreasing truck traffic on smaller local roads. KCI was the consultant project manager, roadway designer and NEPA environmental planner for this study. Our team evaluated roadway improvements and developed several interchange alternatives. To avoid schedule delays and facilitate communication between stakeholders, our team developed an interagency outreach plan and provided support for the project’s virtual public outreach efforts. The environmentally-sensitive selected interchange concept, a shifted modified partial cloverleaf, will support the area’s existing and future travel demand.
I-270 at Watkins Mill Road Interchange
The new $124 million I-270/Watkins Mill Road full diamond interchange was initiated to improve access along this high capacity corridor and serve planned commercial and residential development in the area. The project required extensive coordination and partnering during both design and construction. KCI joined the effort when the design was 65 percent complete. Our team had to quickly familiarize themselves with the project’s history and found that the inherited plans required verification and adjustments. On top of a sprawling team and complex design, the project needed to be completed under an extremely accelerated schedule. Carefully and sensitively designed to limit the impact to surrounding utilities and the environment, the interchange was delivered 30 days ahead of schedule and $10 million under budget despite the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project positions the community to thrive into the future through reduced traffic congestion, safer travel and new economic development opportunities.